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Lloris rules out potential Monaco switch
Created on 10 Jun., 2013 10:34 AM GMT
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has laughed off suggestions that he is set for a move to cash-rich Ligue 1 outfit Monaco.
Since being promoted from the second tier last season, the 2004 UEFA Champions League finalists have shown no hesitation in the transfer market, using the money from their rich Russian owner Dmitry Rybolovlev to sign the likes of Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho.The aforementioned trio joined the club for a combined fee of more than 125 million pounds in the off-season, and more big names have been linked with moves to Claudio Ranieri's side.
But French shot-stopper Lloris will not be joining them, insisting he is happy to stay with Tottenham, after becoming the club's first-choice keeper – ahead of Brad Friedel – last season.
Lloris told le10sport: "What's happening in Monaco is good for Ligue 1 and for this great French club, because PSG need a challenger. "But personally, I left to go abroad, to try and build something on a personal and sporting level and I don't intend to come back soon."
Lloris – who signed for Tottenham for a reported fee of 12 million pounds from Lyon in 2012 – was born in Nice and came through the club's youth system, before spending four years there as a first-team player.And the 26-year-old says his close links with Nice would prevent any chance of a move to the club's rivals, Monaco, even if they offered him ludicrous wages.
"There are some things that are difficult to refuse, but only if it allows you to go one step further (in your development)," he said.
"And then there is another thing – I am too much of a Nice man to go there!"